University of California - Irvine

University of California - Irvine Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is University of California - Irvine Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

University of California - Irvine was awarded 462 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is computer systems networking.

Overall Quality

UC Irvine landed the #151 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

UC Irvine also holds the #27 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UC Irvine?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at University of California - Irvine is a competitive 37%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 86% of students accepted to UC Irvine submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 580 and 650. Math scores were between 590 and 700.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of California - Irvine  ( 580 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for University of California - Irvine  ( 590 to 700 )
UC Irvine received ACT scores from 50% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 25 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for University of California - Irvine  ( 25 to 32 )

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University of California - Irvine Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at University of California - Irvine is about average at 18 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of California - Irvine is 82%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  82 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of California - Irvine

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 94% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like University of California - Irvine enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  94 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At UC Irvine the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 72%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  72 out of 100

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University of California - Irvine Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 30,382 undergraduates at UC Irvine with 29,797 being full-time and 585 being part-time.

How Much Does University of California - Irvine Cost?

The overall average net price of UC Irvine is $14,783. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UC Irvine

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,558 $10,373 $13,648 $19,851 $29,841

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UC Irvine, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UC Irvine, approximately 38% of students took out student loans averaging $5,314 a year. That adds up to $21,256 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UC Irvine is 1.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do UC Irvine Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from UC Irvine make around $58,400 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for UC Irvine students since it is 47% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of University of California - Irvine

University of California - Irvine is a public institution situated in Irvine, California. The city atmosphere of Irvine makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Contact details for UC Irvine are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 501 Aldrich Hall, Irvine, CA 92697
Phone: 949-824-5011

University of California - Irvine Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 97 majors graduated from University of California - Irvine. Of these students, 9,320 received undergraduate degrees and 2,197 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Computer Science 805 $71,600
General Biology 770 $24,500
Child Development & Psychology 698 $29,200
Business/Managerial Economics 696 $40,700
Public Health 501 $29,500
Economics 441 $36,600
Criminology 429 $29,700
General Education 367 $24,600
Political Science & Government 307 $31,300
General Psychology 306 $25,900

Learn more about the majors offered at University of California - Irvine along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UC Irvine

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2018-2019, 5,466 students took at least one online class at University of California - Irvine. This is an increase from the 5,034 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 5,466 204
2017-2018 5,034 182
2016-2017 4,543 100
2015-2016 2,438 101
2013-2014 1,692 122

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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